Migration has caused concern particularly in the last two decades and it has been treated as a new security challenge by the Western world. The increasing entanglement of migration and security in the legal documents, the technologisation and militarisation of borders, the introduction of surveillance practices with biometric systems, the use of ‘extraordinary measures’ and the expansion of detention centres constitute the EU’s securitised management on migration.
Against this backdrop, the case of Greece, a member state at the forefront of the European borders presents particular interest. Migration and security are inextricably connected in the implemented model of migration policy in Greece. The presentation discusses relevant policies through the lens of external securitisation (entry, admission and practices at borders) and internal securitisation (integration, removal, detention). In addition, it argues that the social construction of migration as a security threat in Greece was enhanced by political and media discourses, which focused on the negative effects of migration on identity, public order, public health and labour market stability. Last but not least, the recent economic crisis and the rise of the far right contributed even further to the intensification of the securitisation mentality on migration.
Foteini Kalantzi is the A.G. Leventis Research Officer at the Diaspora Project in SEESOX, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. Her work focuses on the Greek state – diaspora relationship in the context of the economic crisis. At the moment she is carrying out research on the positions of political elites towards the Greek diaspora. She is one of the convenors of the ‘International Politics of Migration, Refugees and Diaspora’ working group of British International Studies Association.
She received her PhD in International Relations from University of Macedonia and carried out part of her research in Freie Universitaet Berlin. She holds an MA in International Political Economy from University of Warwick, UK, a BA in International and European Relations from Panteion University, Athens and a BSc in Economics from University of La Verne, California.
She has teaching experience in International and European Relations, Economics and Ethics in social media at the Department of International Relations of Université de Strasbourg at City Unity College in Athens. Her research interests include migration, political and media discourse analysis, Greek political affairs and European integration.
She has been a research associate at the Hellenic Centre for European Studies (EKEM), specialising among others on the economic aspects of Euro-Med affairs. She has also worked as a researcher at Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) on the EU funded project ‘’Multicultural Europe”. She has also worked as a freelance journalist at several newspapers and magazines, reporting on financial and political developments in Europe.